On Her 75th Birthday, Enjoy a Classic Photo Featuring Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and David Crosby (Shot by Henry Diltz)

On Her 75th Birthday, Enjoy a Classic Photo Featuring Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and David Crosby (Shot by Henry Diltz)

The photography of Henry Diltz is on another level, when you consider the unparalleled access he had to so many music legends decades ago — a list that includes Joni Mitchell, who turned 75 years old on Wednesday.

The Laurel Canyon scene of Southern California was a vibrant and robust (and, retrospectively, incredibly rich) one, with musical acts cutting their teeth as fledgling artists looking to find a footing in the complex industry. Diltz was there for it all, snapping away, and looking back on it now he was privy to some amazingly candid moments. Like this one from 1968, in which Mitchell strums guitar while a transfixed Eric Clapton and David Crosby look on:

Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Eric Clapton in Laurel Canyon - Photo by Henry Diltz
Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Eric Clapton in Laurel Canyon – Photo by Henry Diltz

This scene took place in Mama Cass’ backyard, while the late singer’s daughter sat on the grass, as blissful as you’d be in that same situation. (The photo is available as a print at Diltz’s Morrison Hotel Gallery website — along with several more of his amazing works of photographic magic — at this link).

Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell!

6 Responses to "On Her 75th Birthday, Enjoy a Classic Photo Featuring Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and David Crosby (Shot by Henry Diltz)"

  1. GFBrown   November 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Just as David Crosby is holding a doob out to us in this photo, his twitter account photo is a reflection of the same philosophy.

    Reply
  2. Green   November 8, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Would have been interesting to here the 3 play and sing together. I guess they never did

    Reply
  3. John DeAngelis   November 8, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Who’s the little kid? He/she is about 51 now!

    Reply
  4. John DeAngelis   November 8, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Who’s the little kid in the photo? He/she is about 51 now!

    Reply
  5. John DeAngelis   November 8, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I just saw that Mama Cass’s daughter is the child in the photo.

    Reply
  6. Laurence Todd   November 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Happy birthday Joni Mitchell, possibly the greatest female singer of her era. She helped to redefine the role of women in rock, and Ladies of the Canyon and Blue are truly magnificent albums.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.